About Us

Organizational Structure (pdf)


Our History

The New Hanover County Friends of the Public Library has been in continuous existence since its founding in 1976 as a non-profit corporation.

VISION:  To be an organization that represents the community and serves its literacy interests and needs.

MISSION:  To provide support and advocacy for library services and facilities.

STAFF:  The organization has no paid staff members but has an active volunteer board of directors.  We boast a membership ranging from 500 to 700 members in any given year.

FOL VOLUNTEERS:  Depending on individual skills and interests, volunteers may provide refreshments at library programs, greet and direct visitors to library events, represent the NHCPL at community and statewide functions, shelve books at their local library branches, or participate in the legendary book sales.  Whatever tasks they perform, FOL Volunteers' greatest contribution is advocacy as they champion the role of the library in our society through words and actions.

OUR SUPPORT:  Through our membership dues and our massive volunteer efforts at book sales, FOL is able to provide the library with funds to augment their government budget.  

 YOUR SUPPORT:  How can you help?  In addition to becoming a member of the organization, we need volunteers to work on FOL projects such as Story Walk and educating the community about libraries.  We also are always looking for new Board members to help us achieve our mission.

Friends Board Members


President:  Hathia Hayes

1st Vice President:  Barbara Honchell

2nd Vice President:  Linda Lowe

Treasurer:  Janet Bailey

Recording Secretary:  Margie Hickman

Membership Secretary:  Daphne Driskill

Past President:  Patti Bonner

Members at Large:

Randy Johnson

Patricia Matson

Jan Riemersma

Kathy Sartarelli